With summer travel prices on the rise, the top news this week in travel stats focused on affordable getaways for your clients, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Vegas Tops Least Expensive U.S. Cities for the Summer
Air prices may be up this summer travel season, but for clients looking for a bargain getaway, TripAdvisor has released its list of Top 10 Least Expensive U.S. Cities as part of its TripIndex. For the fourth year in a row, Las Vegas led the way.
Least Expensive International Cities From TripAdvisor
In addition to its list of most affordable U.S.-based destinations, TripAdvisor has also turned its gaze abroad to find affordable international getaways for clients. Hanoi, Vietnam, led the list.
Top 10 Foodie Cities 2014
Looking for the next hot spot to recommend to a foodie client? Livability.com has rounded up the top 10 foodie cities of 2014, with New Haven, CT, leading the way.
Travel Agent Air Ticket Sales Up - Again
ARC reports that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies rose 4.73 percent year-over-year in the first five months of 2014 compared to the same period last year, totaling $40.8 billion versus $39 billion in 2013.
U.S. Travel Association Says Flight Delays Keep Travelers Home
While security lines and checked-bag fees are common complaints about air travel, the U.S. Travel Association says that passengers’ main concern is flight delays and cancellations, according to a survey conducted by the independent firm ResearchNow.
Millennial Travelers Want Connections, Value-Add Perks
Chase Card Services recently conducted a survey of more than 1,000 18-67-year-olds who stayed in a hotel at least five nights per year for business, pleasure or both. The study found that Millennials—generally defined as people born between 1980 and 2000—are more likely than older travelers to seek out hotels with luxury services such as dry cleaning (32 percent), massage or spa services (30 percent) and pet-friendliness (23 percent). Furthermore, the survey shows Millennial travelers are more likely to say it’s a ‘deal breaker’ if a hotel is not near public transportation (19 percent).
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